Off-Peak Delivery: A Pilot Project for the Chicago Region

Off-peak delivery (OPD) is a simple concept, but it can be challenging to implement because the benefits and costs are not always evenly distributed. Carriers generally like the idea because it can save them time and money, but receiving businesses often resist it because it can add costs. An OPD program needs to be designed in a manner that balances the benefits and costs to make it practical for carriers, receivers, shippers, customers and the community. With that in mind, the Supply Chain Innovation Network of Chicago (SINC) and the Urban Transportation Center (UTC) at the University of Illinois-Chicago are partnering to design a pilot program to incentivize off-peak deliveries in the Chicago area. The approach to this project began with a research and data analysis phase followed by a design phase. Research included a literature review, case studies of off-peak delivery projects in various locations, examination of work complementary to off-peak delivery that has taken place in metropolitan Chicago, and a review of current local laws and regulations that may impact off-peak delivery. Data analysis included an evaluation of business by industry and employment, a review of area congestion, and exploration of businesses in particular zipcodes. The design phase began with meetings with a variety of partners who are working together towards implementation of off-peak delivery. A second step will include a survey of freight carriers and receivers.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Bibliography; Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 73p

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  • Accession Number: 01599187
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NURail2012-UIC-R13
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC18
  • Created Date: Apr 26 2016 1:41PM